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 - ™»™ e «; The defense, headed by ex-Senator John...
™»™ e «; The defense, headed by ex-Senator John Marshall Robinson and Ben Golden, Pineville attorney, is expecct- ed to ask for a change of venue. The defense isn't saying anything. It won't even say whether the miners—most of those under indictment and facing trial are miners—are paying for the defense or the 'United Mine Workers, see organization of which started all the to , cvicted • in the Harlan field. Started a Year Ago The trouble in Harlan county began in September of 1930. A man by the inoffensive name of William Jones came down from Ohio. He went to work at Black Mountain, about 10 miles from Harlan. Pretty soon there i was a mass meeting of miners. They 'were told about the United Mine j Workers' union and the benefits of 'joining it. Plenty of them were grumbling over pay cuts and condi- They say Jones started it. He secretary of the local union when arrested last May. The coal industry has been a very sick industry and the operators didn't want a union added to their troubles. So they simply announced that miners attending mass meetings would be They were I i Miners attended, evicted. Someone raided a commissary at Black Mountain, Then there were some shots fired from a ridge top Black Mountain brought In deputy sheriffs, armed them and told them to keep the peace. On Tuesday night, May 5, headed- by Jim Daniels, two cars of guards were going from Black Mountain .to Harlan. They had to . | pagg through EvartS| a free town, in . - , iij. rrr.i->iniTir1 ncif /r«mprl that it. Is built on grouund not owned i by a coal company. It was the capital of the union. Passing an abandoned tipple, the party was fired upon. It returned the fire. When the shooting was over, four men were dead. That brought the national guard, orders the contemplating 15 and William the damage protesting

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  1. Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette,
  2. 30 Aug 1931, Sun,
  3. Page 19

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